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Surgery

Comprehensive Animal Veterinary Care

Spay and Neuter Surgeries

Although these surgeries are considered routine and elective, they still require general anesthesia and we take your pet’s health very seriously. Because we believe that all pets deserve the best care possible, we have made affordable spay and neuter packages for dogs and cats that always include:

  • Full pre-anesthetic physical exam
  • Pre-surgical blood panel
  • IV fluids
  • Tailored anesthetic plan for each pet
  • Full anesthetic monitoring (ECG and heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen level and breathing rate, temperature, gas anesthetic level)
  • Complimentary ear tattoo
  • Complimentary nail trim
  • Post-surgical nursing care
  • Post-surgical pain medications and anti-inflammatories to go home
  • Detailed home-care instructions

It is not uncommon for our staff to recommend that your pet go home with something to protect your pet’s surgical site from licking or self-trauma. We do carry an array of the plastic e-collars or cones, but would often recommend one of our soft, cozy onesies, or a soft-fabric e-collar to keep your pet more comfortable while recovering from his or her surgery.

The cost of spay or neuter surgery will depend on your pet’s size and age. Mature female animals that have gone through heat or have had a litter require more surgery time to spay, and their surgery may cost more.

The optimal age at which it is recommended to spay or neuter your pet may differ by breed and size, and behaviour. For example, new research is indicating that it is better to wait longer than the originally recommended six months of age to spay and neuter large breed dogs. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.

Other Surgical Procedures

Other common surgical procedures commonly performed at Qualicum Beach Animal Hospital include:

  • Lump or Tumor Removal
  • Biopsies
  • Wound Repair
  • Gastrointestinal Foreign Body Removal
  • Bladder Stone Removal
  • Eyelid Repairs, Cherry Eye Repair
  • Hernia Repairs
  • Caesarian Sections (C-Sections)

At this time, most orthopedic surgeries (ex. fracture repairs, cranial cruciate ligament repairs) and all neurologic surgical cases (ex. disc surgery) are referred to facility that has a board-certified surgeon available.

Pre-surgical exams are required for all surgeries. After an exam has been completed, the veterinarian will be able to give an itemized estimate for the procedure, explain the procedure and answer questions that you may have. Please give us a call for more information.